Khalil Gibran Muhammad is the Ford Foundation Professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. He directs the Institutional Antiracism and Accountability Project and is the former Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a division of the New York Public Library and the world’s leading library and archive of global black history. Before leading the Schomburg Center, Khalil was an associate professor at Indiana University.
Khalil’s scholarship examines the broad intersections of racism, economic inequality, criminal justice and democracy in U.S. History. He is co-editor of “Constructing the Carceral State,” a special issue of the Journal of American History, and contributor to a National Research Council study, The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences (2014), as well as the award-winning author of The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America. He is currently co-directing a National Academy of Sciences study on reducing racial inequalities in the criminal justice system.
His writing and scholarship have been featured in national print and broadcast media outlets, such as the New Yorker, Washington Post, The Nation, National Public Radio, PBS Newshour, Moyers and Company, MSNBC, and the New York Times, which includes his sugar essay for The 1619 Project. He has appeared in a number of feature-length documentaries, including the recently-released Amend: The Fight for America (2021), the Oscar-nominated 13th (2016) and Slavery by Another Name (2012). Khalil was an associate editor of The Journal of American History and an Andrew W. Mellon fellow at the Vera Institute of Justice. He is a member of the Society of American Historians and the American Antiquarian Society.
In 2017, Khalil received the Distinguished Service Medal from Columbia University’s Teachers College. And holds two honorary doctorates. He is on the boards of the Vera Institute of Justice, The Museum of Modern Art, Cure Violence Global, Oliver Scholars, The New York Historical Society, and The Nation magazine, as well as the advisory boards of Common Justice, The HistoryMakers and the Lapidus Center for the Study of Transatlantic Slavery.
Khalil is an award-winning teacher at Harvard and has received numerous honors for his commitment to public engagement, including BPI Chicago’s Champion of the Public Interest Award (2018), The Fortune Society’s Game Changer Award (2017), Ebony Power 100 (2013), The Root 100 of Black Influencers (2012-2014), and Crain’s New York Business magazine 40 under 40 (2011).
A native of Chicago’s South Side, Khalil graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Economics in 1993, and then joined Deloitte as a staff accountant until entering graduate school. He earned his Ph.D. in U.S. History from Rutgers University.
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Outside Professional Activities For Khalil Gibran Muhammad
|Cure Violence Global||Fiduciary board membership|
|Museum of Modern Art||Fiduciary board membership|
|New York Historical Society||Fiduciary board membership|
|Vera Institute of Justice||Fiduciary board membership|
|A&A Customs Brokers||Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation|
|Capri Holdings||Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation|
|New England Association of Schools and Colleges||Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation|
|Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation||Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation|
|Pushkin Industries||Paid media appearance (may include written, audio, video, or other digital format)|
|The Nation Magazine||Fiduciary board membership|
|Chicago Humanities Festival||Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation|
|City University of New York||Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation|
|Du Page School District||Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation|
|Federal Housing Finance||Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation|
|Liason||Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation|
|Louisville Leadership Summit||Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation|
|National Low Income Housing Association||Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation|
|Notre Dame University||Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation|
|Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts||Paid media appearance (may include written, audio, video, or other digital format)|
|Princeton University||Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation|
|Public Interest Law Initiative||Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation|
|Robert Woods Johnson Foundation||Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation|
|University of Albany||Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation|
|Wellstar Health Systems||Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation|